Buck Rogers (1939) re-edited from serial to feature format and re-released for theatrical distribution in 1953; an American soldier suspended in time wakes up to find himself in the futuristic world of the year 2500. Updated: I've corrected the title, it took two very obvious reviews for me to realize it should be "Planet Outlaws" not "Plant Outlaws". In my defense I am the product of a North Carolina public school.
April 23, 2012 Subject:
Hard to dislike this Sci-fi silliness, especially if you remember the revamp from the late 70s. I find it interesting to see what the later series picked up and what they discarded.
One thing I gotta comment on: I love how all the jets sound like prop planes.
November 24, 2011 Subject:
I think Sally Field's stepfather was the Range Rider, Jock Mahoney.
B-T-W, Netflix list this movie release as 1939 which agrees with when I saw it about 1949 or 50. This must be a re-compilation, notice the newspaper at the start. If refers to HTS (Harry S. Truman) & Barkly campaign, so this part was shot in or after 1948.
My first brush with SciFi & was really impressed with the special effects (now kind of funny compared with something like '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Still 4 stars for an exciting movie.
November 23, 2011 Subject:
In my defense I am the product of a North Carolina public school.lol
August 4, 2011 Subject:
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
December 18, 2010 Subject:
In my defense
I have a lot of Plant Outlaws in my backyard... They're takin over da neighborhood..see? Myeah! Myeah!
November 15, 2010 Subject:
I love movie serials, and this movie was cobbled together from 1939's Buck Rogers serial. It's not confusing and disjointed like The Phantom Creeps movie, which was made from its serial. Altogether, a very enjoyable 68 minutes, and reminiscent of the Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe serial, which was also made into a coherent, enjoyable movie, Purple Death From Outer Space. I totally agree with the point about getting Saturn's help that skybandit made. Maybe Saturn does play an active role in the serial.
I interpreted the story of the struggle of the rebel government against the criminal enterprise that is running 24th century Earth society, with opponents of the regime made into mindless robots working in their dynamo room, as allegory to the resurgent socialist movement of the early 1930s, when expansion of industrial unionism and demands for adequate relief from the Great Depression were high, fighting against big business, with their factories, and government. The prolog added for the movie speaks fancifully of flying saucers, and the epilogue suggests the 24th century government being fought in the movie is comparable to the Soviet Union.
I downloaded the 705MB MPEG4 file. Video and audio quality were fine, but for missing frames that garbled some dialog.
October 23, 2010 Subject:
Cracks me up how they go back and forth to Saturn 20 times a day! Definitely worth a 'B' raitng, but on the lower end, for me. I'm a Flash Gordon woman myself! PS Sally Field's Stepfather Buster Crabbe is a cutie.
March 20, 2010 Subject:
Council of the Wise-Guys
I STILL have no idea why they went to Saturn! That "Council of the Wise" neither helped nor hindered either side in any way, but Bunk Rogers had to go there three times. They couldn't even keep their radio working!
Have to knock one star off for that pompous dick in the bookends, even if he did tell the story about Cleve Cartmill & the FBI.
March 19, 2010 Subject:
PLANT vs PLANET
LOL! Could be worse, it could have been a Mississippi public school! Good work man! MC
Although someone messed up the title, I loved this campy film, especially the air battles.
September 25, 2008 Subject:
the story of two hibiscus plants who rob and pillage a greenhouse in the old west. They terrorize innocent plants and insects and threaten to turn over flower pots if they are not paid a hefty sum of dough.
The film has a greener thumb than al gore.